The Oscars just released their list of nominees, and as expected, it came with several surprises. “The Power of the Dog” stole the show by getting the most nominations, closely followed by the sci-fi thriller “Dune.”
“Dune” was nominated for an astonishing ten categories in the Academy Award show; however, some people still weren’t pleased with the results. The ten nominations are more than proof that the movie director did a splendid job; however, the director in question, Denis Villeneuve, wasn’t nominated for the Best Director category.
The omission shocked the public but some more than the others. One of his cast in the sci-fi film, Josh Brolin, didn’t see anything funny about the snub and said as much. The “Avengers: Infinity War” actor went on social media to point out that he saw the entire thing as “totally f***ing dumb” and “unbelievable.”
Villeneuve’s Wasn’t Nominated For The Best Director Award
“Dune” was the second most nominated show in the Oscars this year, including its Best Picture nomination. “The Power of The Dog” led the show with 12 nominations. While Jane Campion was nominated for Best Director, Villeneuve wasn’t, which sparked outrage on social media and among his cast members.
Brolin starred in “Dune” as Gurney Halleck, a weapons master from the House Atreides. He posted a video on Instagram congratulating everyone whose performance got nominated for an Oscar award. He also talked about a perceived snub by the award show in neglecting to nominate Villeneuve for the Best Director category.
The actor said it should be a given considering how many times “Dune” was nominated. He said the snub was “unbelievable” and “flummoxing.”
Brolin Said The Academy Award Show Is ‘F***Ing Totally Dumb’
Brolin went on social media to talk about the award show snub. He thanked everyone involved in creating “Dune” then talked about the Oscar omission. “The unbelievable, almost numbing, flummoxing, I feel, for Dennis Villeneuve not being nominated for Best Director. It’s just one of those things you just go, ‘Huh? What?!'”
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“I don’t know how you get 10 nominations, and then the guy who has done the impossible with that book doesn’t get nominated. It makes you realize that it’s all amazing, and then it’s all f**king totally dumb,” Brolin continued. “So congratulations for the amazing accomplishments that these incredibly talented people have been acknowledged for because it’s all really, really dumb.”
All might not be over for Villeneuve. The director will have another shot at the Best Director Oscar nomination when he releases the sequel to “Dune” titled “Dune: Part Two.” According to Warner Bros., the follow-up movie will be in cinemas in October 2023.
‘Dune’ Oscar Nominations
Besides their Oscars feat, “Dune” garnered many award nominations from other award shows. The nominations show how well the film resonated with audiences when released. At the end of its run in theaters, “Dune” grossed around $400 million in the box office and received global critical acclaim.
Despite Villeneuve’s Oscar snub, “Dune” certainly sealed its position as one of the award season’s favorites this year. The sci-fi film bagged nominations in four shortlisted categories and got six more nominations.
These include Best Picture, Cinematography, Production Design, and Film Editing. It was, however, notably absent from any of the acting categories. The Academy members will cast their votes for all the categories between March 17-22. The selected winners will be revealed in the annual Oscars ceremony.
Villeneuve Was Nominated Best Actor In Other Award Shows
Although he wasn’t nominated in the Oscars, the “Dune” Director was nominated for Best Director in several other award shows. His performance in “Dune” landed him nominations from the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, and Directors Guild of America Awards.
Now he’s out of the running for the Oscars, the award could go to any of the directors behind top-rated movies released last year. These include Steven Spielberg, who directed “West Side Story,” Jane Campion from “The Power of the Dog,” Paul Thomas Anderson from “Licorice Pizza,” Ryusuke Hamaguchi from “Drive My Car” and Kenneth Branagh for his work on “Belfast.”
Villeneuve could still go home with an award. The Best Picture award is usually given to the movie directors, and “Dune” was nominated for that category. Alongside Villeneuve, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter were nominated for the award. The Academy Award ceremony will take place on March 27.